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Glossary Of Terms

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Hand enhanced by artist: Some paper or canvas editions include brushstrokes done by hand by the artist. These additions enhance both the look and value of the work.
Horizon line: In a painting, a level line where land or water ends and the sky begins. Vanishing points, where two parallel lines appear to converge, are typically located on this line. A horizon line is used to attain the perspective of depth.
Horizontal balance: The components that are balanced left and right of a central axis.
Hue: The name of the color, such as red, green or yellow. Hue can be measured as a location on a color wheel, and expressed in degrees; the main attribute of a color which distinguishes it from other colors.

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Impressionism: A loose spontaneous style of painting that originated in France about 1870. The impressionist style of painting is characterized chiefly by concentration on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.

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Juxtaposition: The act of placing or positioning items in the image area side by side or next to one another to illustrate some comparison.

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